As we’ve been reporting all week, Texas shelters and rescuers are struggling to care for livestock abandoned and unwanted by farmers and ranchers who, because of the unprecedented drought and faltering economy, can no longer afford to care for them. In response to what appears to be a worsening and likely long-term crisis, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) announced yesterday they are granting $250,000 to 24 Texas and Oklahoma equine animal welfare groups and shelters through the Texas and Oklahoma Equine ‘Hay Bale-Out’ program.
“The ASPCA is aware that tremendous hardship has been placed on rescue organizations and agencies that help horses and donkeys throughout Texas and Oklahoma, due to the immense shortage of the equine’s most basic need; hay,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “Our program provides assistance to those who are struggling to feed the horses and donkeys in their care, and we encourage them to share their supply of hay with other struggling local equine owners and caretakers as well.”
Sanctuaries and rescue groups that receive funding as part of the ASPCA’s Hay Bale-Out will use the funds to help feed the abandoned, rescued, and surrendered horses and donkeys in their care. Additionally, they are expected to distribute at least 25 percent of the hay they purchase to local horse owners in need.
Texas organizations expected to receive funding include:
Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society
Brighter Days Horse Refuge
City of Abilene Animal Service
Collin County Animal Services
DFW Canine/Passion Horse
Friends of Gonzales Animal Shelter
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Habitat for Horses
Humane Society of North Texas
Osborne Stables Equine Rescue
Prospect Mountain Therapeutic Riding
Ranch Hand Rescue
Reilly’s Ranch-Horse Rescue
SPCA of Texas
Triple Me Mac E Sanctuary
Wise Equine Sanctuary of Texas
“The Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) is grateful to accept this funding from the ASPCA,” said Sandy Grambort, equine and livestock program coordinator at HSNT, one of the groups receiving a grant through the ASPCA’s Hay Bale-Out program. “These funds will be used to purchase much needed hay, which will help HSNT feed and rehabilitate the increasing numbers of neglected equines we are seeing, and it will help make a difference in the lives of North Texas equines and their owners as the effects of the drought continue to be realized.”
For More information: “Spotted donkey rescued as drought continues to pound North Texas” and “Agencies and people working together to help livestock owners in need”
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